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6 common IELTS Pitfalls (What not to do during the IELTS Test)

July 26th, 2013

(What not to do during the IELTS Test)

Your score in IELTS does not depend only on your grasp of the English language, but also on your ability to follow instructions. It seems quite simple-follow the instructions and impress the examiner--- but still a lot of examinees fall into these very common traps:

1. Failure to count.

If the instruction says, "in not more than 4 words," you better give your answer in 1, 2, 3 or 4 words. Giving it in 5 or more will cost you marks.

2. And failure to count some more.

Hitting the correct number of words in an essay will earn you the needed marks. Get familiar with how a 150-word or 250-word essay looks so that counting won't take much of your time during the test.

3. Writing too much.

Be careful if you have the tendency to impress by using verbal dead woods and exceeding the number of words required. The number of words required was given. Follow it.

4. Beating around the bush or losing the bush altogether.

Talking about the sun when the writing task is about the moon is a no-no. Also remember that the examiner is not going to judge your work based on your opinion on the subject. He is more concerned about how you express your views in proper English.

5. Cutting and pasting.

You might get lucky that the essay required was the same one in the reviewer you have or something that fascinated you that you knew it by heart. Too bad, however, that if you use that, you automatically get zero marks.

6. Having the accent of a native speaker.

On the oral test, pronunciation is king while the accent is a jester. The examiner knows full well that you are not a native speaker (because if you are, you won't be required to take the IELTS, right?), so he doesn't expect you to have the accent of one. The important thing is that words are pronounced clearly and properly.

Now, you can prepare for your IELTS with a whole new perspective with these warnings in mind.

We wish you the best!

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